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Google Play Music update brings full-height navigation drawer, artist bio page, and more

An update to Google Play Music version 5.8.1809 brings a full-height navigation drawer, artist biography information, and many more UI enhancements.

Published onFebruary 4, 2015

Google Play Music update

Google Play Music is receiving quite the update today, bringing the version number up to 5.8.1809. This update mainly consists of UI enhancements, though there are a few handy features added to the app as well. Let’s dive right in to the update.

The first big tweak we see is the addition of the full-height navigation drawer. In the version prior to this one, the navigation drawer would slide out under the action bar up top. Now the drawer reaches the top of the screen, much like we’ve seen in a few other Google apps. The next handy feature in the update is the addition of a back arrow on the lock screen music control notification. The back arrow only used to be available in the expanded notification view. We’re sure many users will appreciate this useful addition. The last big change we see is the inclusion of an artist biography when viewing an artist’s page. Clicking on the “Read More” tab will bring up a full artist bio and the source from which it’s pulling the information.

That’s all we’ve noticed so far in the update. If you find anything we missed, feel free to let us know in the comments. The update is rolling out to Google Play as we speak, but if we’ve learned anything from Google’s updates, we know it might take awhile to get to everyone. So, feel free to follow the link below if you’d like to download the apk file. If you don’t mind waiting, head to the Google Play Store to check for your update.

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